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    Hamad International Airport Introduces Dedicated Transfer Security Lanes for Families with Children

    95% of passengers wait for less than five minutes to go through the security process 04 March 2024 Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) continues to elevate its travel experience with the introduction of dedicated screening lanes for families with younger children transferring through the airport. The dedicated family lanes will reduce wait times at security checkpoints and provide staff assistance to aide families with their personal belongings. This initiative reflects the airport's commitment to minimising stress and wait times, underscoring its dedication to providing a seamless and efficient travel experience for all passengers. To further enhance this experience and ensure it is tailored to meet travellers’ needs, Hamad International Airport will gather feedback and suggestions for improvement from ......read more

    Emirates Park Zoo and Resort joins Abu Dhabi Municipality for beach clean-up, promotes marine conservation

    Abu Dhabi – March 04, 2024: Emirates Park Zoo and Resort, a leading destination for wildlife enthusiasts, demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by spearheading a beach clean-up drive at Bahia Beach. The initiative, aimed at safeguarding marine ecosystems, involved the removal of litter and debris from the coastal areas, aligning with the organisation's dedication to preserving the environment. Organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Emirates Park Zoo and Resort aims to foster a cleaner and healthier environment for both wildlife and visitors alike. With a history of similar initiatives in the past and plans for future clean-up events, the zoo's partnership with the municipality exemplifies a shared commitment to environmental preservation. The nature of this collaboration involves ......read more

    Business France to showcase the French Aerospace Expertise at AIME & MRO Middle East 2024

    March 5th 6th Dubai World Trade Center United Arab Emirates – Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French Economy announces the participation of A dedicated French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) & Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Middle East 2024 exhibition, set to take place in the UAE. In partnership with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, this initiative aims to highlight the cutting-edge capabilities and innovative solutions offered by 22 French companies. The Middle East, a thriving hub for French aerospace ambitions The aviation sector's sustained growth has not only underscored the region's indispensability to the industry but also showcased the commitment of its stakeholders to push the boundaries of ......read more

    Middle East's commercial aircraft services market value forecast to more than double to $28 billion by 2042

    Dubai, 4 March 2024 – The Middle East’s commercial aircraft services market will more than double in value by 2042, according to Airbus’ latest Global Services Forecast (GSF). Growing to $28 billion from $12 billion today and registering a 4.4% average annual growth, the regional expansion will surpass the global average growth of 3.6%. Today, five of the world’s largest aviation cities are in the Middle East, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, serving more than 10,000 long-haul passengers per day. Airbus estimates 3,120 new passenger and freight aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years. Driven by the rise in annual air traffic – set to increase by 4.6% in the Middle East – and the requirement for more digitally-enabled and connected aircraft, the growth in demand for services will be reflected in ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo hosts discussion on the future of air freight in global trade at MC13

    Event brought together leading world experts to tackle the hot topics of logistics, global trade and supply-chain efficiency Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi: “Today’s important discussion underlined the potential impact of advanced technologies on global trade – and the urgency with which we need to now integrate them”   Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2024 – Emirates SkyCargo, one of the largest international cargo airlines, has hosted discussions on the hot topics in logistics and world trade and the challenges faced by the global supply chains, on the sidelines of the 13th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference (WTO MC13), hosted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) in the UAE capital. The event has brought together senior leaders across industries to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Receives "Airport Operator of the Year" Award at Aviation Achievement Awards 2024

    AD Airports, the leading airport operator in Abu Dhabi, has received the prestigious "Airport Operator of the Year" award at the highly anticipated Aviation Achievement Awards 2024. This recognition is a testament to the exceptional achievements and progress made by Abu Dhabi Airports between 2023 and 2024, showcasing a period of unprecedented growth and innovation. Elena Sorlini, Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: “Receiving the “Airport Operator of the Year” is a true reflection of our team's dedication to exceptional airport experience. It’s a remarkable accomplishment which not only reinforce the pivotal role of Abu Dhabi Airports in the regional aviation landscape but also position it as a global leader in shaping the future of the travel experience ......read more

    flydubai wins two awards at the Aviation Achievement Awards

    The Dubai-based carrier wins the prestigious “Airline of the Year” award at The Aviation Achievement Awards 2024 flydubai Cargo was also recognised for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Air Cargo Sector” Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, was recognised in two categories at the Aviation Achievement Awards. The carrier was named “Airline of the Year” while its cargo division was also recognised for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Air Cargo Sector”. These are the first awards that the carrier has received in 2024, building on the accolades it received last year. Francois Oberholzer, Chief Financial Officer at flydubai, received the awards on the carrier’s behalf at the awards ceremony held in Dubai. The event was ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS EXPANDS SCHEDULE WITH TWO STUNNING NEW DESTINATIONS AND ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS

    New routes to Antalya and Jaipur set for mid-June, ahead of wider expansion in Etihad’s global network Additional flight frequencies further strengthen global connectivity   Abu Dhabi, UAE – In the latest significant boost to its global network, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced substantial updates to its summer schedule.   This strategic expansion includes the addition of new flights and increased frequencies to existing routes, reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a global connector and enhancing travel options.   The airline is set to broaden its reach by launching flights to two new fantastic and sought-after destinations: Beginning 15 June, Etihad will operate three seasonal weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Antalya (AYT), ......read more

    Saudi Arabia's achievement of welcoming +100 million tourists receives global recognition from UN Tourism and WTTC

    RIYADH,  Saudi Arabia has received international recognition and applause from UN Tourism and the World Travel & Tourism Council for its remarkable achievement of welcoming over 100 million tourists in 2023. This accomplishment significantly surpassed the previous target set for 2030, positioning Saudi Arabia as an emerging global tourism powerhouse. Saudi Arabia's achievement of welcoming +100 million tourists receives global recognition from UN Tourism and WTTC The Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom has achieved this milestone seven years ahead of the initial goal according to the latest data. Motivated by this success, the Kingdom has now set a new ambitious target of welcoming 150 million tourists by 2030. Tourism has proven to be a significant contributor to the nation's economy, with ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports appoints Memac Ogilvy as new lead creative agency

    Agency will support award-winning airport group in unlocking the full growth potential of Abu Dhabi's tourism and trade industry. [Dubai, UAE – February 29, 2024] - Memac Ogilvy announced today that it has been selected by Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of Abu Dhabi’s five commercial airports, as its new strategic and creative agency of record. Memac Ogilvy’s role will encompass strategic and creative responsibilities for the brand’s commercial, free zone businesses, and social media platforms. The focus will be on generating innovative ideas and experiences to further accelerate its leadership position as the operator of one of the world’s fastest-growing airport hubs. Memac Ogilvy was awarded the business after a competitive pitch process, demonstrating the agency’s proven strength in ......read more

    Qatar Airways Announces Flights Resumption to Lisbon, Portugal

    The award-winning airline continues to enhance its 2024 summer schedule with more than 170 destinations including 50 in Europe Qatar Airways passengers from Lisbon now have access to the dazzling gateway of Hamad International Airport for thrilling journeys across Africa, Asia , Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent Dubai, UAE, 29 February 2024 – Qatar Airways announces the resumption of flights to Lisbon, Portugal as part of its 2024 network expansion of over 170 destinations. The four weekly flights will be served on a Boeing B787-8 aircraft commencing Thursday, 6 June 2024. As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon offers the perfect starting point for travellers eager to delve into the rich tourism offerings of the country. With countless historical sites only a day trip away, adventurers can embark on a journey to the ......read more

    2023 Safest Year for Flying By Several Parameters

    28 February 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2023 Annual Safety Report for global aviation. Aviation continues to make progress on safety with several 2023 parameters showing “best-ever” results. There were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023. However, there was a single fatal accident involving a turboprop aircraft, resulting in 72 fatalities. There were 37 million aircraft movements in 2023 (jet and turboprop), an increase of 17% on the previous year. Report highlights include: The all accident rate was 0.80 per million sectors in 2023 (one accident for every 1.26 million flights), an improvement from 1.30 in 2022 and the lowest rate in over a decade. This rate outperformed the five-year (2019-2023) rolling average of 1.19 (an average ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports and Burjeel Holdings announce partnership to enhance airport healthcare services

    Abu Dhabi, UAE - February 27, 2024 – Abu Dhabi Airports and Burjeel Holdings have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and streamline healthcare for passengers at Zayed International Airport, adding to the range of state-of-the-art facilities available at the recently opened terminal. The agreement will bring the industry-leading healthcare expertise at Burjeel Holdings to the cutting-edge facilities available at Zayed International Airport and redefine passengers’ experience through premium healthcare offerings. Abu Dhabi Airports and Burjeel Holdings will collaborate to open and operate a clinic at the Zayed International Airport. Under BMC — Burjeel Medical City, the flagship facility of Burjeel Holdings, the clinic will offer 24/7 high-quality medical care to passengers. Operating around ......read more

    ETIHAD CARGO SIGNS THREE-YEAR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH WFS COVERING 12 PRIME AIR CARGO AIRPORTS GLOBALLY

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, for cargo handling services at 12 major international airports in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, India, and Asia Pacific.   The global award is for a three-year period and will see WFS handling over 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually for the Abu Dhabi-headquartered airline. In the EMEAA region, the airports covered by the agreement are Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Bengaluru, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, and Paris CDG. In North America, it includes WFS’ existing handling operations for Etihad in New York JFK and Washington Dulles, and the new award of Boston and ......read more

    Qatar Airways Group Partners with Our Habitas to Launch ‘Our Habitas Ras Abrouq', a Luxury Desert Resort Set on Qatar's Golden West Coast

    Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, along with VIP guests, media, designers and artists were present at an opening ceremony to showcase the unique hospitality project   Located at the edge of the UNESCO protected Al-Reem Biosphere Reserve, famous for its lunar landscape and Richard Serra sculpture, the resort allows guests to experience Qatar’s coastal desert in a unique way   Dubai, UAE, 26 February 2024 – Qatar Airways Group in partnership with Our Habitas has officially launched a luxury resort nestled on the West Coast of Qatar next to the Al Reem UNESCO-Designated Biosphere Reserve. Located about one hour’s drive from Hamad International Airport in Doha, the resort features unspoiled views of the Arabian Gulf, spectacular golden ......read more

    THREE NEW 787-9 DREAMLINERS JOIN THE ETIHAD AIRWAYS FLEET AS IT FLIES TOWARDS AMBITIOUS GROWTH

    New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners feature Etihad’s stylish new cabin interior Aircraft joining the fleet fuel Etihad’s ambitious Journey 2030 growth plan Etihad now operates a modern, young fleet of 88 aircraft Abu Dhabi, UAE - Etihad Airways is celebrating the arrival of three new Boeing 787-9 aircraft this weekend. The national airline of the UAE welcomed the latest additions to its expanding fleet at Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport.   The new aircraft will begin operations this month, helping Etihad to expand in line with its ambitious roadmap which will see it fly to 125 destinations with more than 160 aircraft by 2030.   Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are thrilled to welcome these brand-new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Abu ......read more

    IATA and The Weather Company Collaborate to Provide Enhanced Turbulence-Related Weather Data to Airlines

    22 February 2024  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the transmission of its Turbulence Aware data for use within industry-leading aviation solutions by The Weather Company, which serves a majority of North American commercial airlines and many others globally. With this enhancement, participating airlines can now access Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) turbulence data directly through Fusion™ and Pilotbrief® tools by The Weather Company. IATA Turbulence Aware will be enabled as an additional data layer within these tools, allowing pilots, dispatchers and flight planners to have needed turbulence observations integrated directly into their mission critical applications in one place rather than relying on multiple screens. Turbulence can impact crew and passenger safety, route planning, ......read more

    Recognising Team Effort: Dubai Airports launches OneDXB Chairman Award to celebrate delivering exceptional guest experiences

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 22 February 2024: Dubai Airports, operator of the world's number one airport for international passenger traffic, celebrated excellence within the airport community, by honouring individuals from key service partners at the inaugural OneDXB Chairman's Award. The OneDXB Chairman's Award was launched to inspire and motivate members of Dubai's airport community, comprising thousands of employees representing multiple entities, and foster a one-team approach, putting guests at the centre of every experience. Encouraging people to go the extra mile and bring the DXB guest experience to life, the awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of one exceptional individual from each service partner – Dubai Airports, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) – Dubai, Dubai Customs, Dubai ......read more

    Dubai Customs Raises Awareness among 5150 Cruise Ship Passengers about Its Measures to Combat Counterfeit Goods

    Dubai – 20 Feb 2024: Dubai Customs is actively contributing to the transformation of Dubai into a prominent global and regional hub for cruise tourism. The department is dedicated to raising awareness among travelers on cruise ships, acquainting them with the laws to prevent the entry of counterfeit goods into the country, and playing a crucial role in thwarting such attempts at the borders of the Emirate of Dubai. To promote intellectual property rights protection, the department organized an educational event at the Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, delivering lectures to over 5,150 cruise tourists from diverse nationalities. The event aimed to provide comprehensive information on Dubai Customs procedures, the fight against counterfeit goods, and the safeguarding of intellectual property rights. The awareness team ......read more

    Middle East airports expanding in a fast-forward mode to handle zooming passenger numbers

    Dubai to host the world’s largest airport industry show in May Ahmed bin Saeed: “The exhibition is the best to source cutting-edge technologies and innovative products for better operations.” Up to US$2. 7 billion investments for DXB expansion  Middle East airports to handle 1.1 billion passengers by 2040 US$151 billion is required for ME airport capacity expansion  Global airport construction market to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2030 ME to be the world’s fastest-growing aviation market by 2033 The region has 110 commercial airports and 69 operating carriers  ​ Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2024:  With the civil aviation industry almost fully recovered after the steepest fall in passenger numbers due to the 21st century’s second pandemic, airports ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS UNVEILS LUXURY NEW AMENITIES FOR GUESTS IN ALL CABINS

    Luxury new amenity kits in partnership with Giorgio Armani Filled with wellbeing and skincare items from luxury beauty brand, ESPA Giorgio Armani loungewear and slippers gifted to guests flying in First class and on longer flights in Business class Complimentary tote bags with Beekman hand cream and handy amenities for guests flying on longer flights in Economy   Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways has launched a stunning new collection of amenity kits and loungewear created in partnership with renowned Italian design house, Giorgio Armani, and luxury wellbeing brand ESPA. In addition, the UAE’s national airline has introduced a range of complimentary tote bags for guests on longer flights in Economy.   Bringing the refined elegance of Giorgio Armani together with Etihad’s renowned Emirati ......read more

    Sharjah's Financial Affairs Committee explores avenues for stimulating investments & enhancing tourism infrastructure

    Sharjah, February 19, 2024: The Financial, Economic, and Industrial Affairs Committee of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) has discussed ways to stimulate investments in the Emirate and enhance tourism infrastructure through vital projects, including hotel construction. During a meeting held at the SCC’s headquarters, the committee also explored avenues for driving economic growth and bolstering the tourism sector within the emirate. It also reviewed the outcomes of their recent visit to the Sharjah Tourism and Commerce Development Authority (SCTDA), where the committee’s delegation was briefed on the authority's initiatives aimed at fostering tourism through a diverse calendar of events scheduled throughout the year. Taking part in the meeting were Rashid Abdullah bin Huwaiden, Chairman of the ......read more

    Challenge Handling: Largest GHA in Liege Announces Major Developments for 2024

    Forecasts a record 320,000 tonnes of handled cargo in 2024 Secures new partners including MSC Air Cargo, Georgian Airlines, and Coyne Airways ​ Challenge Handling is set for an extraordinary year ahead as it unveils ambitious projections for 2024. Anticipating a record-breaking milestone, Challenge Handling forecasts handling an impressive 320,000 tonnes of cargo, marking a significant leap forward in its operational prowess. Bolstering its commitment to excellence, Challenge Handling proudly announces strategic collaborations with esteemed partners, including MSC Air Cargo, Georgian Airlines and Coyne Airways, in addition to its longstanding partnerships with Network Airline Services, Magma and Eurocargo. These partnerships not only signify a strengthening of global ties but also underscore the company's ......read more

    Royal Jordanian flight touches down in ancient city of AlUla inaugurating new direct route

    Royal Jordanian will offer two weekly flights between Amman's Queen Alia International Airport and AlUla International Airport New route comes after launch of direct flights from Paris on Saudia and from Manama on Gulf Air AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19th February 2024: The ancient city of AlUla welcomed its inaugural Royal Jordanian (RJ) flight as the carrier introduced the new, direct route from Amman. Starting 16th February, RJ will offer two weekly flights between Amman's Queen Alia International Airport and AlUla International Airport.   The launch of the newest flight route to this unique heritage destination reflects the intrigue and appeal AlUla has garnered, thanks to its rich heritage, timeless natural beauty, and diverse year-round calendar of events; these include the ongoing AlUla Arts ......read more

    WestJet Cargo heading for cruising altitude in 2024

    Following an intense implementation itinerary in 2023, which included the successful launch of WestJet Cargo's first freighter fleet alongside rapid company and network growth, the cargo carrier cites partnerships, product portfolio, and digital enhancements as its three focus areas for an equally energy-driven 2024. WestJet Cargo starts the year on a solid basis – the result of an outstanding 2023 centred on deploying the airline's first freighter fleet and building a strong team of cargo experts. 22 new colleagues joined during the course of last year, as WestJet Cargo opened 24 warehouses, 14 freighter handling stations, and expanded its cargo network to a total of 45 very diverse destinations across the world, connecting, for example, Halifax - a smaller province in Nova Scotia, to major cities such as Paris, France, ......read more

    Airbus reports Full-Year (FY) 2023 results

    735 commercial aircraft delivered Revenues € 65.4 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 5.8 billion EBIT (reported) € 4.6 billion; EPS (reported) € 4.80 Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 4.4 billion; Net cash € 10.7 billion 2023 guidance achieved Dividend proposals: dividend of € 1.80 per share; special dividend of € 1.00 per share 2024 guidance issued Amsterdam, 15 February 2024 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated Full-Year (FY) 2023 financial results and provided guidance for 2024. “In 2023 we recorded strong order intake across all our businesses and we delivered on our commitments. This was a significant achievement given the complexity of the operating environment,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief ......read more

    ETIHAD CARGO CONTINUES STRONG COOL CHAIN PRODUCT GROWTH TRAJECTORY

    2023 was the third consecutive year Etihad Cargo has achieved year-on-year growth for its dedicated cool chain products — PharmaLife and FreshForward, demonstrating the carrier's commitment to excellence in pharmaceutical and perishables logistics. Etihad Cargo witnessed a 37 per cent increase in pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments in 2023, achieving the highest volumes recorded in the carrier's history. The carrier also achieved a 10 per cent increase in perishable shipments via Etihad Cargo's FreshForward product.   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, achieved year-on-year growth of the carrier's dedicated cool chain products — PharmaLife and FreshForward — in 2023. The airline recorded the highest volumes of ......read more

    ETIHAD BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST TO ENABLE PILOTS TO FLY BOTH A350 AND A380 AIRCRAFT

    Highly qualified Etihad flight crew now authorized to fly both aircraft types interchangeably after rigorous regulatory approval and extensive training Abu Dhabi, UAE - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has achieved another key milestone in pilot training and flight operations. After successfully obtaining rigorous regulatory approvals and completing thorough pilot training, Etihad has achieved the qualification for its pilots to seamlessly operate both Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft interchangeably. This milestone positions Etihad as one of the pioneering airlines globally to attain such versatility in its pilot capabilities. Airline pilots are typically restricted to flying only one aircraft type. However, under certain conditions such as high similarity of flight deck, pilot ......read more

    Love Takes Flight: DXB Hosts World's First Airport Rooftop Proposal

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 14 February 2024: In a heart-stopping moment atop DXB's iconic steel-and-glass-clad Concourse B, Dmitry proposed to Anastasiia in an unforgettable backdrop — at a height of 39.5 meters with unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline and a front-row seat to the runway action— marking the world's first-ever airport rooftop proposal.    Responding to DXB’s open call for Valentine's proposals, Dmitry and Anastasiia seized the opportunity and emerged as the fortunate couple chosen to take centre stage above DXB's Concourse B. Their journey began on a serendipitous New Year's Eve in Dubai, with Anastasiia visiting as a tourist. Meeting Dmitry at a restaurant, they fell in love almost instantly, and Anastasiia intentionally missed her flight back to Russia, ......read more

    Escape to Paradise as InterContinental Maldives unveils Eid Getaway 2024 Offer

    Savour Maldivian bliss and enjoy a 20% discount on best available room rates, daily breakfast and dinner, a 60-minute couples treatment at The Spa, a breathtaking dolphin or fishing excursion, and so much more   Valid on stays of 3 nights or more from April 6th to 16th and June 8th to 22nd, book now by visiting the website to ensure you don't miss out on this unrivalled deal Maldives (February 2024): Embrace the spirit of Eid and enjoy an unforgettable escape in the lap of luxury at InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort. This stunning resort invites you to take advantage of its exclusive Eid Getaway Offer, promising an unforgettable escape to the Maldivian paradise. This limited-time offer presents a unique blend of exclusive perks and experiences, ensuring a joyous and memorable celebration for you and your ......read more

    Qatar Airways and gategroup Launch New Partnership to Elevate Inflight Dining

    With gategroup on board, the award-winning airline will set a new benchmark in inflight dining experience, quality, sustainability and healthy eating Dubai, UAE, 13 February 2024 – Qatar Airways and gategroup today announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways' commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence. This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International ......read more

    KPF Celebrates the Official Re-Naming of Abu Dhabi International to Zayed International Airport, Terminal A

    Abu Dhabi – February 12, 2024 – Informed by the undulating sand dunes of the desert and rich geometric patterns of Islamic heritage, Zayed International Airport’s new Terminal A is a civic landmark for the emirate and a gateway for the world, connecting East and West on a global scale. Formally Abu Dhabi International Airport, it is now called Zayed International Airport, Terminal A - following directions of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the end last year. The airport’s design was conceived and executed entirely by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to deliver an unrivalled travel experience. As one of the world’s largest airport terminals, it will process up to 45 million passengers per year—more than doubling the airport’s current ......read more

    Etihad Reports January 2024 Traffic Statistics

    Jan-24 Jan-23   1,463,771         1,082,828                    Passengers                       86.04%             87.7%   Passenger load factor                  85 71 Fleet ......read more

    ECS Group and Thai VietJet Air To Grow Thailand and Asia Cargo Operations

    Thai VietJet Air and ECS Group signed Master GSSA agreement on 01 February 2024 ECS Group aims to increase revenue and cargo volumes for the airline Low-cost carrier, Thai VietJet Air, has awarded the tender of its cargo operations to ECS Group. It signed a Master GSSA agreement with ECS Group, on 01 February 2024. It was ECS Group’s global network, proven air cargo expertise, and dynamic innovation that led Thai VietJet Air to place its cargo business into AVS GSA Thailand’s hands and overall ECS Asian network. Thai VietJet Air can now look forward to further increasing its cargo revenue and export volumes across Thailand and various Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. This strategic partnership allows Thai VietJet Air to leverage ECS ......read more

    Qatar International Food Festival 2024 kicks off with bursting flavours and live entertainment

    Qatar Tourism’s Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) returns on February 8 for its 13th edition. Held at the Family Zone at the Doha Expo 2023 this year at Al Bidda Park, QIFF 2024 spans over a colossal 61, 600 meter squared concourse. The event is geared up to offer the most entertaining cultural feast under one roof. This year’s sponsors are Talabat and Ooredoo, while the Official Hospitality Partner is Katara Hospitality, and the Official Venue Partner is Doha Expo 2023. Commenting on this year’s festival, His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, said: “As we gather here today to inaugurate the 13th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival. This year, in acknowledgment of the year of culture, we embrace a cultural exchange between our brothers and sisters from ......read more

    Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan attends naming ceremony and brand reveal for Zayed International Airport

    Abu Dhabi International Airport renamed Zayed International Airport in honour of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Zayed International Airport re-imagines the airport experience for passengers and partners in response to Abu Dhabi’s growing tourism demand and to cement its status as a key hub for trade and commerce Zayed International Airport welcomed 4.48 million passengers in its first 60 days since becoming fully operational on November 15 2023 Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi Airports increased by 44.5% in 2023, compared to the previous year, reaching 23 million passengers   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 February 2024: His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Advisor of Special Affairs at ......read more

    A SPECIAL OFFER FROM ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO CELEBRATE THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF ZAYED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    To celebrate the official opening of Terminal A and the new name of Zayed International Airport, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating with a special offer on select routes for travellers departing from Abu Dhabi. The offer is available between 9 and 14 February 2024 for guests planning to travel between 19 February and 15 June 2024. Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We take immense pride in having Abu Dhabi as our hub and it is a great honour to take part in paying homage with our partners to an amazing leader who believed in his country and its potentials.” At the airport, guests will be greeted with gift items and engaged in special activities and live entertainment shows. The Terminal provides dedicated check-in desks for ......read more

    Etihad Airways Takes Flight As Official Sponsor Of Chennai Super Kings

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is delighted to announce its exciting new venture as the official sponsor for the Chennai Super Kings. The partnership was revealed during a special ceremony held in CSK’s home  city of Chennai. Welcomed by 2,000 enthusiastic fans, the 'unveiling event' was held at Kalaivanar Arangam, in the presence of team officials and Chennai Super Kings’ players, who joined  Etihad cabin crew onstage wearing their new jerseys proudly displaying the airline’s logo. As part of this partnership, Etihad aims to elevate the fan experience by engaging in exciting activities, promotions, and unique initiatives throughout the upcoming season. Fans can expect a thrilling journey with Etihad as they support the Chennai Super ......read more

    France visa services in Qatar now available through VFS Global

    VFS Global is bringing France visa services closer to home for the residents of Qatar through its new France Visa Application Centre in Doha. The centre was inaugurated on 08 February 2024 by Patrick Poinsot, First counsellor at the French embassy in Qatar. France visa applicants can now visit this centre located in Level 2, Al Nuaimi Building, Oqba Ibn Nafie Street, Airport Road, Doha, Qatar, to submit their applications for short and long stay visas. Prior appointments are mandatory and can be booked on www.vfsglobal.com. Mr. Patrick Poinsot, First counselor at the French embassy in Qatar said, “We care about the quality of the welcome of our Qatari friends and residents of Qatar who want to go to France. We are very pleased to see that, each year, more and more people are travelling to France, especially for touristic ......read more

    Hamad International Airport achieves ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification by BSI

    Doha, Qatar: The Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management (MATAR) received the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification for Hamad International Airport. The certification was awarded by the BSI (British Standards Institution). To obtain the recognition, Hamad International Airport underwent a rigorous in-depth assessment which analysed the airport’s health and safety processes and procedures, leadership commitment, risk management, and controls in place. Commenting on the certification, Michael McMillan, Senior Vice President Facilities Management at Hamad International Airport, said: “At Hamad International Airport, implementing health and safety best practices is embedded in our daily operations. We have focused on creating collaboration and trust within our employees ......read more

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    Turkish Airlines, flying to more international destinations than any airline in the world, proudly announces a monumental expansion of its fleet with the acquisition of 355 state-of-the-art Airbus aircraft. This significant order comprises 250 of the best-selling A321s and 105 of the highly efficient A350 widebody aircraft, including 60 firm order, 20 purchase right A350-900s, 15 firm order A350-1000s, and 5 firm order and 5 purchase right A350-Freighters.  This strategic acquisition underscores Turkish Airlines' commitment to enhancing its operational efficiency, environmental ......read more

    oneworld® Becomes First Airline Alliance to join IATA CO2 Connect

    20 December 2023 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the oneworld Alliance will work together in the field of CO2 emission calculations with all 13 oneworld member airlines committing to contributing operational data to IATA’s CO2 Connect emissions calculator. This will further improve the quality and accuracy of the tool, as the percentage of airline-specific fuel burn data used by the calculator will substantially increase, with the data provided by the following oneworld member airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, ......read more

    Hamad International Airport Awarded Best Airport in the Middle East for Seventh Consecutive Year by Global Traveler

    19 December 2023:  Global Traveler's 20th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards has once again crowned Hamad International Airport (DOH) with the distinguished title of “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive seventh consecutive year.  Recognized as a prestigious accolade in the realm of business travel, this award underscores the airport's unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and an airport experience tailored to passengers' needs. In the realm of travel preferences, Global Traveler, for its 20th consecutive ......read more

    Airbus News Statement

    Airbus helped secure communications at COP28 in Dubai, UAE with an historic attendance of over 97,000 delegates, including over 150 heads of state, along with negotiators, business leaders and non-state actors.  For an event of this magnitude, with its stringent safety requirements, Airbus has equipped all the technical and security workforce with a critical collaboration platform, Agnet solution, to guarantee the real-time security of the flow of people moving towards the areas dedicated to the negotiations and to the States pavilions on the vast Expo City site.  Designed ......read more

    IATA Rolls Out New Timatic Product to Support Contactless Travel and Enhance Customer Experience

    17 December 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has rolled out the next generation travel documentation and verification system which supports contactless travel and enhances the passenger experience. To achieve this, Timatic has undergone a complete redesign, setting a new benchmark in travel compliance solutions. Building on the success of its predecessor, Timatic AutoCheck offers a streamlined and interactive experience enabling travelers, airlines and travel professionals to easily access accurate and clearly worded immigration information. The entire document ......read more

    Trading Wetsuits for Flight Suits (and vice versa!), Emirates and SailGP Celebrate a shared Love of Flying

    Watch an A380 First Officer and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time swap flying machines here.   Dubai, UAE, 15 December 2023: Whether sailing through the skies or flying across the waves, Emirates’ pilots and SailGP athletes challenge the very laws of aerodynamics to reach new heights. To understand the different elements that power each other’s flight, Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, and Driver of the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team and First Officer Alexander Warburton, an Emirates A380 pilot, put their extensive ......read more

    Hatta Festival: A Dazzling Wonderland of Lights, Fireworks, and Entertainment

     Fireworks display to light up the Hatta sky every weekend during the Hatta festival from December 15 till New Year’s Eve  Hatta Festival 2023 to take place in Wadi Hub and feature entertainment for all ages including carnival stalls, outdoor cinema, live performances, and more.  Hatta Resorts offers exclusive packages including a glamping experience, access to outdoor attractions, and food & drink: Family Explore and Hatta Escape   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 December 2023: Hatta Festival 2023 is set to captivate hearts and minds from December ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Reinstates Flights to Osaka, Japan

    The carrier resumed flights to the Japanese city on 12 December 2023 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 December 2023: Flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines has once again added Osaka International Airport to its flight network starting from December 12. This move stands as a testament to the airline's ongoing commitment to network expansion, ensuring passengers enjoy unparalleled connectivity. Flights to Osaka now operate four days a week—on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays—between Istanbul Airport and Osaka International ......read more

    4.4 million Passengers Dashing through DXB this Festive Season

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 14 December 2023: As the festive season gets underway, hundreds of thousands of travellers are expected to take to the skies to reunite with family and loved ones, indulge in holiday getaways or explore exciting new destinations.    At the heart of it all Dubai International (DXB), the world’s most connected and biggest international airport, is primed for peak season, ready to facilitate a diverse range of offerings this holiday season.   DXB will welcome an estimated 4.4 million passengers through its doors between ......read more

    Shifting Megatrends See the Rapid Evolution of Electric Air Taxis and Emergence of Generative AI as Driving Forces in Travel and Transport

    SITA explores the shifting trends that have emerged in the last year and the updated innovation outlook for the next decade    13 December 2023 – With the arrival of Generative AI in 2023, the technology has surged to the top of airport and airline agendas, with 97% of airlines planning a program to develop the technology. This has taken the limelight away from Metaverse, which was the focus for 2022. Similarly, Urban Air Mobility has seen surging interest from airlines and airports, with the first flights due to take off in 2024. As a result, investment in the space across ......read more

    Romantic Italian Elegance: Lake Como Weddings for Foreign Lovebirds

    Nestled in the heart of the Lombardy region in Northern Italy, Lake Como is a mesmerizing destination that has long been associated with romance and elegance. With its crystal-clear waters, picturesque landscapes, and charming towns, Lake Como has become a sought-after location for weddings, particularly for foreign lovebirds looking to celebrate their special day in a truly enchanting setting. This article will explore the allure of Lake Como weddings, the stunning Lake Como wedding venues, and what makes this destination so captivating for couples in love. Lake Como Wedding Venues: ......read more

    Ajman Tourism Successfully Concludes GCC Roadshow, Forging Strategic Alliances

    Ajman, UAE - December 8, 2023 - The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD), led by His Excellency Mahmood Khaleel Alhashmi, Director General, has successfully concluded a meticulously planned and executed strategic roadshow across key destinations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from December 4 to December 7. The primary objective of this initiative was to elevate the profile of tourism in the Emirate of Ajman, showcasing its distinctive attractions and immense potential to a discerning global audience.   In Muscat, Oman, on December 4, the Ajman Department of Tourism ......read more

    MBRSC Hosts Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson for a Unique Session on the Future of Space Exploration

    Dubai, UAE, 6 December 2023: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in partnership with the Museum of the Future hosted Senator Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, for a session titled "Space and Beyond: The Future of Space Exploration," during his official visit to the UAE. The session featured astronauts Sultan AlNeyadi and Hazzaa AlMansoori and was attended by H.E. Martina Strong, Ambassador of the USA to the UAE, H.E. Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, and H.E. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, along with the media and public. During the session ......read more

    Airlines Set to Earn 2.7% Net Profit Margin on Record Revenues in 2024

    6 December 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced strengthened profitability projections for airlines in 2023, which will then largely stabilize in 2024. However, net profitability at the global level is expected to be well below the cost of capital in both years. Very significant regional variations in financial performance remain.    Outlook highlights include: • Airline industry net profits are expected to reach $25.7 billion in 2024 (2.7% net profit margin). That will be a slight improvement over 2023 which is expected to show ......read more

    DXB named “World's Leading Airport” by World Travel Awards

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 December 2023: It’s official. Dubai International (DXB) has once again been named the "World's Leading Airport" at the prestigious 30th annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony, held last week in Dubai. The award solidifies DXB’s position as a global leader in the aviation industry. The award reflects the hard work and dedication of DXB’s entire team, and the airports exceptional performance over the past 12 months in various aspects of its operation, including guest experience, customer service, state-of-the-art facilities ......read more

    Emirates: Soaring Beyond Boundaries - A Journey of Luxury, Innovation, and Excellence

    Emirates, the flagship carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has redefined the world of aviation, setting unparalleled standards in luxury, innovation, and service excellence. As a symbol of the UAE's commitment to excellence, Emirates has not only connected the world but has become a byword for opulence in air travel. Join us on a journey through the clouds as we explore the facets that make Emirates a beacon of prestige, offering a travel experience that transcends ordinary boundaries. Setting the Skyline Ablaze The distinctive red, white, and green livery of Emirates has become ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand up 3.8% in October

    05 December 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for October 2023 global air cargo markets indicating the third consecutive month of stronger year-on-year demand. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs*), increased by 3.8% compared to October 2022. For international operations, the demand lagged slightly at 3.5%.    Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 13.1% compared to October 2022 (11.1% for international operations). This was largely related to the growth in belly capacity. International ......read more

    Passenger Demand Recovery Continues On Track in October

    6  December 2023 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the ongoing recovery in passenger demand continued in October.  • Total traffic in October 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 31.2% compared to October 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 98.2% of pre-COVID levels. • Domestic traffic for October rose 33.7% versus October 2022, driven by the triple-digit percentage growth recorded in China, and was 4.8% above the October 2019 results.  • International traffic climbed 29.7% compared to the same ......read more

    Emirates Celebrates UAE's National Day with a Double Flypast during Emirates Dubai 7s

    Dubai, UAE, 2 December 2023:  Just five days after Emirates marked the UAE’s milestone achievements in space exploration, the airline has taken to the skies again this time performing a spectacular National Day flypast during the Emirates Dubai 7s.   Flying at an altitude of just 500 feet, the iconic A380 soared over the main pitch at 3.43pm local time, adorned with Emirates’ new signature livery and delighting thousands of spectators. Exactly five minutes later the A380 glided back, saluting world-class athletes and passionate fans alike.   UAE National ......read more

    Ajman Tourism Unveils "TESLAM - UAE" Art Exhibition to Celebrate the UAE 52nd Union Day

    Ajman, United Arab Emirates – December 1, 2023: The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD) announces the launch of the "TESLAM - UAE" art exhibition, a remarkable showcase of creativity and expression, dedicated to commemorating the UAE 52nd Union Day. The exhibition is set to take place at Bahi Ajman Place Hotel, commencing with the official opening on December 1st and opening its doors to the public from December 2nd to December 8th.  The Teslam art exhibition offers a distinctive chance for both participants and visitors to convey their affection and ......read more

    Dubai Airports Celebrates Milestone in making DXB more inclusive for People of Determination

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 1 December 2023: Dubai Airports proudly marks the one-year anniversary of its ground-breaking 'We All Meet the World Differently' programme, just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December. The two-year programme, a collaborative effort with various stakeholders placing community engagement at its core, has steadfastly advanced initiatives to foster an inclusive environment across Dubai International (DXB). This aligns with Dubai's vision to be the world’s leading disability-friendly city, ensuring a ......read more

    IATA and ARC Extend Direct Data Solutions Partnership

    30 November 2023 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) have extended their Direct Data Solutions (DDS) partnership, which offers subscribing airlines the most comprehensive global set of airline sales, market and itinerary data. Signed at the 2023 IATA World Passenger Symposium, the partnership extension ensures more than 100 global airlines will continue to have access to this critical service for years to come. DDS incorporates airline-contributed data, IATA's Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) transactions and ARC's ......read more

    Dubai Airports Joins WEF's 'Airports of Tomorrow' to Pave the Way for a Sustainable Future

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 30 November 2023: Dubai Airports, operator of the world's biggest airport for international traffic, Dubai International (DXB), has joined Airports of Tomorrow — a collaborative venture by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Airports Council International (ACI). This partnership is dedicated to steering the aviation industry toward Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, focusing on critical areas such as energy, infrastructure, and financing. Sven Deckers, Director of Strategy Planning at Dubai Airports said, “We’ve aligned with the ......read more

    Etihad to Fly Big Bird to the Big Apple

    • Etihad Airways will fly its much-loved A380 on the popular Abu Dhabi – New York JFK route from 22 April, 2024 • The superjumbo is right on time for the busy summer travel period and key corporate travel market • The Residence, the world’s only three-room suite in the sky, serves up a legendary flying experience – special promotional offer to celebrate launch   Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways is delighted to announce it will start flying its A380 double-decker to New York JFK from 22 April, 2024. Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive ......read more

    Dubai Airports Achieves Sustainability Milestone - Cutting Waste to Landfills by 60%

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 29 November 2023: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), has announced the successful achievement of a 60% reduction in waste sent to landfills from DXB.  This achievement marks a significant leap in Dubai Airports’ broader sustainability goal to reduce DXB’s carbon footprint, while setting an industry standard and inspiring its guests to be more environmentally conscious.  Dubai Airports’ waste management initiative outlined an innovative food waste treatment plan to ......read more

    DXB Boosts Global Connectivity with the Busiest Winter Ever

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 28 November 2023:  Dubai International (DXB) has started its winter season strong, with seven international carriers launching operations to nine destinations between October and November. The addition of new services and increased frequencies are set to boost total weekly flights up to 4,400 (one-way), marking a 20% surge from the previous winter season.   DXB, the world's busiest international hub for both passengers and connectivity, according to the Airports Council International (ACI), welcomed Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Batik Air, ......read more

    Strengthened Global Framework for Accelerating Aviation's Decarbonization

    28 November 2023  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) looks forward to governments delivering the supportive policies needed to enable aviation’s decarbonization, as agreed at the Third Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) hosted by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Dubai. CAAF/3 delivered critical agreement on: • A global framework to promote Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production in all geographies around the world. The aim is that aviation fuel in 2030 is 5% less carbon intensive than fossil fuel used today ......read more

    Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

    • Flying Blue and Etihad Guest members flying on Air France, KLM or Etihad Airways can now earn and redeem Miles in the loyalty program of their choice • As part of the expanded partnership announced in September 2023, Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways customers now have access to more than 60 new routes beyond Abu Dhabi, Paris and Amsterdam     Air France-KLM Group and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a new partnership between their respective loyalty programmes following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Iconic Fly-past at Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Etihad Airways took to the skies with a spectacular fly-past today directly above Yas Marina Circuit to mark the start of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023. Etihad’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner passed over the track at an altitude of 600 ft, at precisely 16:44 and 55 seconds. The aircraft was followed by the UAE’s aerobatic stunt team, Al Fursan, with seven aircraft representing the seven emirates of the UAE. Al Fursan took a V formation shortly behind the Dreamliner, with coloured vapour trails in the red, green and black colours of ......read more

    Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed presents Trophy to Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 winner Max Verstappen

    Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed presents trophy to Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 winner Max Verstappen    Abu Dhabi, 26 November 2023: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed has presented the trophy to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 winner Max Verstappen. His Highness commended the organisers and partners for their role in delivering the successful global sporting event, and highlighted the event’s role in strengthening Abu Dhabi’s leading position as a global sports, tourism and entertainment hub. The ......read more

    Emirates Group receives Platinum Impact Seal in UAE Year of Sustainability from the National CSR Fund, Majra

    Dubai, UAE, 24 November 2023: The Emirates Group has been recognised as one of the UAE’s top 50 most sustainable companies, taking home the highest accolade in sustainable business impact, the Platinum Impact Seal Award from the UAE National CSR Fund, Majra. The award ceremony took place during the 2023 World with Purpose summit, which was held in Dubai for the first time on 7 November under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy and in partnership with the UAE National CSR Fund, Majra.   Majra’s Impact Seal is the official federal recognition that measures, ......read more

    Dubai Airports Invests in Guest Experience and Reveals Winner of the Dubai Airshow VISTA Innovation Challenge

    Co-located at Dubai Airshow 2023, VISTA is the premium start-up platform for global aerospace entrepreneurs Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 24 November 2023: Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB), the world’s biggest international hub, has announced ROVAR as the winner of its guest experience innovator challenge hosted at VISTA at Dubai Airshow 2023.  ROVAR, a UK-based start-up, won the challenge for its future-focused smart guide, using augmented and virtual reality to enhance the guest experience. The guide offers helpful information throughout the ......read more

    VNR: Emirates A380 100% SAF Demonstration Flight

        Time Stamps:   ·       0:00-0:11 - Emirates A380 demonstration aircraft.   ·       0:12- 0:27 - SAF fuel tanker pulling up to the emirates A380 aircraft.   ·       0:28- 1:12 - Emirates A380 aircraft being fuelled with SAF.   ·       1:13-1:33 - Pilots arrive for demonstration flight, and conduct pre-flight checks and inspections.   ·       1:34-2:13 - A380 aircraft pushback for demonstration ......read more

    Emirates World's First Airline to Operate A380 Demonstration Flight with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    • First time drop-in SAF is used on an A380 with full compatibility across the aircraft’s existing system • Cross industry collaboration brings in expertise from Airbus, Engine Alliance, Pratt & Whitney, ENOC, Neste and Virent • Landmark flight was powered by 100% SAF in one of four engines to test performance     DUBAI, UAE, 22 November 2023: Emirates has become the world’s first airline to operate an A380 demonstration flight using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Today’s flight, proudly commanded by Captain Khalid Binsultan ......read more

    Sita Steps Closer to Net Carbon Zero Vision as Science-based Emission Reduction Targets Approved

    The Science Based Targets initiative, a global collaboration that provides expert guidance and the resources organizations need to achieve net zero, has validated SITA’s near-term and long-term targets    16 November 2023 – Today, global aviation IT company SITA announced its near-term and long-term emission reduction targets were validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The move is in line with efforts to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C, and SITA’s own commitment, made in 2022, to cut emissions and actively work to achieve a ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub Signs Agreement with UUDS to Open Third Facility at Dubai South

    Dubai, UAE, 16 November 2023: Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), the aerospace platform of Dubai dedicated to the advancement of the aviation industry, signed an agreement with UUDS, a leader in the business aviation industry to open its new and third facility at Dubai South.    The ceremony, which took place during the Dubai Airshow, was presided over by HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South. The agreement was signed by Tahnoon Saif, CEO of MBRAH, and Gilles Negre, CEO and Group Owner of UUDS, in the presence of ......read more

    Emirates collaborates with UAE GCAA's International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT) to provide training solutions for the airline's Engineering Professionals

    Dubai, UAE, 15 November 2023: Emirates today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)’s commercial and training arm, the International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT) at the Dubai Airshow, to curate bespoke training solutions for employees working across the airline’s engineering departments.    The MoU was signed by His Excellency Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director General UAE GCAA and Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer. Under the agreement, both parties will facilitate trainings ......read more

    Dubai Airports' 2023 Forecast sees DXB Soar beyond 2019 Traffic to Reach 86.8m

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 November 2023: Propelled by strong growth throughout the first three quarters of the year and anticipation of an exceptional surge in guest numbers in the final quarter, Dubai Airports is forecasting annual passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) to reach 86.8 million – surpassing 2019 traffic.  DXB commenced the second half of 2023 with its growth story continuing unabated, with average monthly traffic reaching 7.6 million, tracking pre-pandemic levels throughout the third quarter. The world’s largest hub recorded 22.9 million ......read more

    flydubai announces Plans for USD 190 million MRO facility in Dubai South

    • The Dubai-based carrier signs an agreement with the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) for its first purpose-built Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility by 2026 • The milestone announcement reflects the airline’s long-term commitment to further enhancing its in-house capability, which will support its growing fleet    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 November 2023: flydubai announced today, at a press conference held during the Dubai Airshow, its plans for a purpose-built USD 190 million MRO facility in Dubai South by ......read more

    Airbus and Mubadala Sign Agreement to Mentor a New Generation of Emirati Aerospace Engineers

    Dubai, 14 November 2023 – Airbus and Mubadala Investment Company have signed an agreement to provide internship opportunities for Emirati senior university students in engineering. Fatima Al Marzooqi, Director of Portfolio Emiratisation from Mubadala and Mikail Houari, President, Airbus, Africa and Middle East, signed the agreement at Dubai Airshow 2023. Over the next three years, 12 Emirati engineering students will be hosted at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, where they will perform their internship under the supervision of Airbus experts and specialists. Fatima Al ......read more

    Emirates Headlines the Dubai Airshow's Spectacular Opening Flypast Formation

    Dubai, UAE, November 13, 2023 – Flying the flag for UAE aviation, the stunning opening flypast at Dubai Airshow 2023 once again showcased the nation’s capabilities with Emirates headlining the commercial aerial formation.   The iconic Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, was first in the aerial formation, followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan flying in V formation and trailed by their signature red, green and black smoke trails. An Emirates Boeing 777 was next in formation, followed by an Etihad Airbus 350, an Air ......read more

    airBaltic to become largest Airbus A220 Customer in Europe

    Dubai, 13 November 2023 - airBaltic will become the largest A220 customer in Europe after confirming an incremental order for an additional 30 A220-300s. This new order will take the airline’s total firm orderbook to 80 aircraft. Already operating a 44 strong fleet of A220-300s, airBaltic is currently the largest A220-300 operator in the world.   The airline’s history with the Airbus A220-300 dates back to 2016 where it was the launch customer, and in 2020, it refreshed its fleet to solely operate this aircraft type.  “This day marks a significant ......read more

    Emirates to Build New US$ 950 Million Engineering Facility

    • New facility in Dubai World Central (DWC) will be the largest and most advanced in commercial aviation, boosting Dubai’s aviation infrastructure     Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2023 – Emirates, the world's largest international airline, today announced a massive US$950 million investment to build a new ultra-modern engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).   Spread over 1 million square metres, the engineering complex will be the largest and most advanced of its kind to be operated by any airline, adding a boost to Dubai’s ......read more

    Honeywell's Advanced Air Mobility Business Reaches $10 Billion in Wins to Help Build the Future of Sustainable Flight

    Honeywell Aerospace technologies will help enable global same-day delivery of cargo, faster and more sustainable flights in and around urban areas DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 13, 2023 — Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON), a global leader in aerospace innovation, has announced its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) business unit has secured contracts worth over $10 billion. Since its formation just over three years ago, the unit has developed vital partnerships with industry leaders such as Archer Aviation, Lilium, Pipistrel, Supernal and Vertical Aerospace. “This milestone is not just ......read more

    flydubai Places USD 11 billion Order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

    The Dubai-based carrier places its first wide-body order for 30 Boeing 787-9s at the Dubai Airshow, diversifying its current fleet of all-Boeing 737 aircraft This is the fourth aircraft order placed by the carrier since it was founded in 2008; building on the success of its business model Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2023: The Dubai-based carrier, flydubai, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today flydubai’s commitment to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as the airline diversifies its fleet with the introduction of wide-body aircraft. The signing ceremony was attended ......read more

    GA-ASI Partners with EDGE to Integrate Smart Weapons Onto MQ-9B

    GA-ASI and EDGE will integrate range of Smart Weapons onto SkyGuardian®   Abu Dhabi, UAE: 13 November, 2023 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optics, and related mission systems, and EDGE, a world-leading advanced technology group for defence and beyond, announced an agreement today to integrate EDGE smart weapons onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® RPA.   Under the agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow, the two companies will ......read more

    Dubai Airshow Welcomes Public to Watch Spectacular Daily Flying Display

    - The Skyview grandstand arena will return for the 2023 edition of the leading international aviation event   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 10 November 2023: Skyview, the purpose-built grandstand arena, will return to Dubai Airshow 2023, welcoming members of the general public, including families and children, to witness the remarkable daily flying display at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai Airshow Site, from 13-17 November. Visitors to Skyview will be able to watch all the live action from the runway, where the world’s best pilots will be flying cutting-edge ......read more

    September Passenger Demand Provides Solid End to Third Quarter

    9 November 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the strong post-pandemic passenger traffic trend continued in September.  • Total traffic in September 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 30.1% compared to September 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 97.3% of pre-COVID levels. • Domestic traffic hit a new high for the month of September, as traffic rose 28.3% versus September 2022 and exceeded the September 2019 level by 5.0%. • International traffic climbed 31.2% compared to the same month a year ......read more

    dnata Gears Up to Support one of the World's Biggest Airshows

    Dubai, UAE, 10 November 2023: dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, is gearing up to play an important role at the highly anticipated Dubai Airshow which will take place at Dubai World Central (DWC) between 13-17 November. As a key strategic partner of Dubai Airports, dnata is set to collaborate closely with authorities and organisers to ensure safe and efficient airside operations throughout the event. dnata will allocate an impressive fleet of 100 pieces of ground support equipment (GSE) and over 30 dedicated staff to support service delivery for a seamless ......read more

    Airbus Reports Nine-Month (9m) 2023 Results

    • 488 commercial aircraft delivered in 9m 2023 • Revenues € 42.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 3.6 billion • EBIT (reported) € 2.7 billion; EPS (reported) € 2.96 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.0 billion • Charges on certain satellite development programmes • Guidance maintained     09 November 2023 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2023.   “We continue to make progress on ......read more

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